Many of you will remember Kenani, one of our ten collared elephants in Tsavo who was brutally poached last year? Before he died, he sent us three months of spectacular hourly tracking data which showed how he was learning to cross the newly developed railway and moving between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks.
Devastatingly, when poachers killed him they also quickly disposed of his collar a long way off. Like you, we wanted answers and a search was launched to find Kenani’s collar and retrieve the valuable tracking data that might not only give clues about what happened that day but help us learn from this incident and hopefully respond quicker in future should a collar disappear like this again from a poached tracked animal.
We were unable to locate the collar since last July as the poacher had buried it so deeply under the ground - in fact it was an amazing feat of luck that we found it and and you can read about the sequence of events that led to its discovery by reading Dr Lucy King’s blog on Kenani http://elephantsandbees.com/a-poached-tsavo-elephant-tracking-collar/ Also check out the video by Robbie Labanowski on our youtube channel on the day Kenani’s collar was found.